Kirribilli Market: Week 208

Secondhand clothing stalls at the Kirribilli Market: Sydney, Australia

Sydney loves its weekend markets. I have been to quite a few so far, but since I live on the south side of the harbour, I don’t make it to the north too often. That’s probably the reason why it took me two years to discover the Kirribilli Fashion Market.

It was established in 1974 and it takes place on the second Sunday of every month. The location couldn’t be better either- a grassy park that at the foot of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. I arrived there in the late morning and the place was already buzzing with fashionable women with money to burn. The clothing stalls closest to the bridge were more formal booths with sun canopies and business cards.

Secondhand clothing stalls at the Kirribilli Market: Sydney, Australia

The plots further out on the lawn were cash-only operations run by hip college students with crooked racks of clothes and beer-money dreams. Their school friends clustered nearby in felt hats and platform sandals and rolled their cigarettes. These kind of booths were the best to bargain with late in the day.

Kirribilli Art and Design Market: Sydney, Australia

There was also an arts and design section of the market that was held in a massive tunnel under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. All of the food carts were located close to this area, which helped keep Barret distracted while I browsed.

Kirribilli Art and Design Market: Sydney, Australia

I could have stayed longer, but I didn’t bring my hat and I could tell the top of my head was getting too much sun. However, I didn’t leave empty handed- I bought a pink work blouse for work and a sea foam colored silk cape for I have no idea what. I’ve just always wanted a little cape and this is also attached to a vest- sounds like I got my money’s worth.

How to get to the Kirribilli Markets: Catch the T1 North Shore line to Milsons Point. Exit the station in the direction of Bradfield Park or Luna Park.

Glebe Markets – Week 127

Two vendors at the Glebe Markets: Sydney, Australia

If Paddington is for the stylish and Eveleigh is for the gourmand, then Glebe Markets is for the Bohemians. Every Saturday, like clockwork, the vagabond jugglers and hair stylists convene to spin their wares and weave feathers into their customer’s hair. On the other hand, the Glebe Markets attract more than just the dreadlocked.

Under the shade of the Eucalyptus trees, entrepreneurial bakers enticed shoppers with rosewater cupcakes and cocoa bridgadeiros (Brazilian bonbons made with butter and condensed milk). Alongside the professional vendors, college students set up metal clothing racks in the brightest patches of lawn and offered their best second-hand clothing. The prices always lowered as the day wore on and the merchants wilted in the afternoon sun.

Sydney Designer Daniel Cozens and his cockatiel at the Glebe Markets

Glebe Markets is also where artisans like Daniel Cozens of Mountainboat Design sell repurposed gifts. If his beard-snuggling cockatiel hadn’t caught my eye, I might not have noticed his quirky potted plants- each manicured succulent rested right inside a stack of books. Words still out on whether cockatiels are effective salesmen, but they definitely draw a crowd. I just hope Daniel never walks into the Manly Beach guy with the cat on his shoulder.

Although I have been to the markets before, this was the first time I was on a photography mission with my friend Shweta. Usually I’m more timid when taking a stranger’s photo, but having a photo buddy and a goal really helps. In fact, after a few shots I realized that most people will either ignore you or gladly pose for a photo. Well, everyone except for the fortune-teller, but how was I to know that? I’m not the psychic.

Sydney designer David Attewell at the Glebe Markets

Shweta and I had a tentative shoot list and a time limit for the Glebe Markets, but I was able to sneak in just enough time to buy Barret a shirt from local designer David Attewell. His organic and hand-painted shirts were minimalistic in a very thoughtful and conscious way. I bought a black shirt with a brown dandelion-head pattern and snapped a picture just before our thirty minutes was up.  I was looking forward to our post-shoot review- not only is Shweta a motivated and talented photographer, but she also makes the most delicious cup of Chai. Lucky me!

How to get to the Glebe Markets: 40 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037

About: Mountain Boat Designs

About: David Attewell

About Shweta Pai Photography

Paddington Markets: Week 100

Polaroid of Paddington Market: Sydney, Australia

The afternoon was measured in sips of iced coffee and conversation. In between forkfuls of strawberry crème sponge roll we chased the wandering shade with our picnic blanket.

We were at the Paddington Markets, the most popular and longest running markets in Sydney. The beautiful clear summer skies and close proximity to a stone-hewn church meant the setting was ripe for an Agatha Raisin mystery in the British Cotswolds. I’m pretty sure every good British fete is in the vicinity of an old stone church and every good amateur sleuth must attend said fete at some point.

The sun began to gently filter across my shoulders; time to shift our blanket again. Across the way a magician drew a small crowd around his booth.

While the bread and butter of craft stalls were represented (i.e. handmade soaps, candles and bad landscape paintings), there was also a significant presence of young and edgy designers showcasing jewelry, accessories, men’s and women’s clothing.

“This shirt has a different colored back because I didn’t have enough fabric.”

That’s not something I often hear when shopping. The clothing in question was made in Sydney by a young designer named Ly Yin. Her label evyie was fashion-forward in a minimalistic, feminine regard. While I never need an excuse to support local artisans, I really did need a new shirt for work. After trying a gamut of Australian sizes, I chose a sheer floral top- the same one Yin was wearing.

Polaroid of the Paddington Resevoir Gardens, Sydney Australia

Walking back from the markets we passed the Paddington Reservoir Gardens. Once a vital part of water supply in the 1800s, the original structure has been salvaged and thoughtfully incorporated into a modern, sustainable garden.

I know it’s not the Cotswold, but if M.C. Beaton ever wrote about Australia she could easily use Paddington as a background. Not only is there an old church, but the cool shallow waters of the Reservoir Gardens would be a good place to find a corpse. How twee.

How to get to the Paddington Markets: 395 Oxford St,  Paddington NSW 2021

How to get to the Paddington Reservoir Gardens: 251-255 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW 2021

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